Hillsboro Branch Rail-Trail

 Bureau of Trails
Division of Parks & Recreation

NH Dept. of Resources & Econ. Dev.
PO Box 1856, Concord, NH 03302-1856
Phone 603-271-3254 - FAX 603-271-2629

Bennington to Hillsboro - 7.75 miles

Hiking Trail Bicycle Trail Cross-Country Skiing Snowmobiling Horse Trail

Mileage Station Settlement Municipality
61.25 Bennington Bennington Bennington
63.19 Antrim Antrim Bennington
66.30 West Deering West Deering Deering
67.25 Holton Holton Deering
70.01 Hillsboro Hillsborough Hillsborough

Railroad mileage from Worcester, MA
Bold face indicates telegraph station in 1923
Italics face indicates point beyond end of trail.

Mileage and Station Names from the Official List of Officers, Agents and Stations of the Boston & Maine Railroad, July 1,1923

This right of way is currently owned by the NH Department of Transportation and administered by the NH Bureau of Trails. Local coordination and trail maintenance is presumably performed by a local snowmobile club.

Books about the Trail:

A 6 mile section of the Portsmouth Branch Rail-trail from Bennington to Hillsborough is briefly described in section L of  the Official Rails-to-Trails Conservancy New England Guidebook by Cynthia Mascott published in 2000 by Globe Pequot Press.

Railroad Abandonment Summary

Item From To Year RR Miles
321 Bennington Hillsboro 1979 B&M 8.4
B&M indicates Boston & Maine Railroad
From the Directory of Rail Abandonments 1848-1994 in the book Lost Railroads of New England, 2nd Ed. by Ronald Dale Karr, published by Branch Line Press in 1996.

1895 County Atlas - showing railroads [very slow loading]:

Sign images are from the Manual of Traffic Signs by Richard C. Moeur.

Updated on August 07, 2001 by Kenyon F. Karl <Webmaster@new-england-rail-trails.org>.
  Unintentional errors are likely!

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